Cuba: Trinidad – windows and doors

Trinidad’s colonial houses are different from any other in Cuba or Caribbean, they have unique doors and windows. Windows don’t have any glass, but instead they are protected from the elements by barrotes – wooden bars constructed of small turned wooden columns which allow the air to circulate without allowing entrance to the house. In the 19th century these wooden barriers were replaced by wooden shutters behind a wrought-iron grille. Every house has different windows and doors, all painted and decorated in different colors and ornaments. It’s really quite surreal to walk the streets and peak into the houses. Every window, every door, every grille, every light is a piece of art!

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